The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2023 has been conducted across 35 States and Union Territories from February 17-20.
About the event:
India was among 190 countries that participated in GBBC 2023, an annual event that brings bird enthusiasts, students and nature enthusiasts together for counting birds they see around the places where they live, work or study.
Birdwatchers across 35 States and Union Territories uploaded more than 46,000 bird lists, making India take the second spot after the United States of America.
Bird Count India (BCI):
BCI is an informal partnership of organisations and groups working together to increase collective knowledge about bird distributions and populations.
The preliminary report released more than 46,000 checklists and a total of 1,067 avian species were uploaded on e-Bird, an online platform to record bird observations.
West Bengal reported the highest number of species with 489 species followed by Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.
Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka followed with 426, 407, 397 and 371 species respectively.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala took the eighth and ninth spots with 349 and 325 species.